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    I am trying to get onto a graduate job for an ACA training contract. I studied biology at university though and wonder how i could go about learning more about it and the accounting field to show i am interested in my applications and interviews.

    Also in regard to which firms to apply for, i understand the big4 are the ones that look best on your cv when you qualify. But would there be any big disadvantage to going with a top 10 or even top 60? how much of a difference does it make? i hear although the big4 is good, work life balance and general atmosphere is better at mid range firms.

    Appreciate any insight

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    A career in accounting does not specifically require that you have studied an accounting degree in university, although it helps.

    To become an accountant, you need to complete a qualification from a recognised accounting body such as the ACCA, CIMA, AAT, ICAEW etc. You may find Kaplan.co.uk and BPP.com has very useful information in regards to these courses.

    Work life balance, benefits, perks is entirely subjective and it's not possible to say whether you will enjoy your job more at the local accountant as opposed to Deloitte. However, you can expect the Big 4 and large accounting firms will offer greater benefits as they have the funds to do so. That shouldn't deter you from applying to smaller firms especially as 90% + of graduate employers are SME's and you may find working in a smaller environment is more enjoyable.

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